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MLB notebook: Yankees acquire RHP McCarthy from D'backs, waive Soriano

| Sunday, July 6, 2014, 6:27 p.m.

The Yankees bolstered their rotation by acquiring right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.

The Diamondbacks also are sending New York cash in Sunday's deal for left-hander Vidal Nuno.

The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade for the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, who was dealt to Oakland.

McCarthy, who turns 31 on Monday, was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona this season. In nine seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A's and Diamondbacks, McCarthy is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA.

Also, the Yankees' reunion with Alfonso Soriano likely is over after the team designated the struggling outfielder for assignment. Soriano returned to New York midway through last season and sparked the offense with 17 home runs in 58 games. But he hit just .221 this season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games. In the final year of an eight-year, $136 million deal he signed with the Cubs, Soriano, 38, likely will clear waivers and choose to become a free agent.

• Reds first baseman Joey Votto likely is heading to the disabled list with a strained left quad, Fox Sports reported.

• The Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. Manager Terry Collins said they have noticed some drop-off in the crispness of Niese's pitches because he has a tired shoulder.

• Seattle ace Felix Hernandez has been pushed back a day to Friday's series opener against AL West-leading Oakland. Hernandez's next turn was slated for Thursday, but manager Lloyd McClendon said he wants his best pitcher going up against the A's.

• The Indians placed leadoff hitter and center fielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring.

• Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Reds reach the 1961 World Series, died. He was 84. Brosnan played nine seasons in the majors, going 55-47 with 67 saves for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox.

— Wire reports

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